Launch of CMA USA
The Critical Minerals Association Australia (CMAA) is excited to announce the launch of the sister association Critical Minerals Association United States of America (CMA USA)! The CMA USA will focus on enabling Made in America supply chains through driving greater integration of responsible, resilient, and secure critical minerals.
Jeff Townsend, Founder of the CMA associations comments, “Today I am honoured to say that we are starting CMA USA. The United States is going to play a really important role in the transition of the global economy away from hydrocarbons. Given its size and diplomatic strength, it will be a world leader in the critical minerals supply chains needed to build renewable energy, electric vehicles, satellites, advanced robotics, and defence.
“CMA USA will provide our members a collective voice so that their concerns can be heard and addressed, and opportunities can be realised. I am delighted to announce that Wil Reyes will be leading the CMA USA as CEO. We look forward to working with our members to build responsible, secure, and diversified critical minerals supply chains.”
The CMA USA’s goals are to:
1. Increase the self-sufficiency, security, and sustainability of USA supply chains. Support the development of alternative supply chains.
2. Improve societal and government perceptions of the critical minerals sector, and champion the sector as a foundation for a better tomorrow.
3. Create a unified voice to maximise industry’s influence and provide a direct line of communication between industry and the government.
4. Catalyse USA processing and refining capability. Increase the number of US companies operating in the midstream and downstream processing and refining of critical minerals.
5. Dismantle existing barriers to help members understand access funding to produce responsible critical minerals.
Wil Reyes, comments, “I am optimistic about CMA USA creation and its catalytic role integrating the American critical minerals industry to advance securing America's supply chains and enhancing the sector’s awareness, influence and responsible practices.
“CMA USA will empower companies and leverage government collaboration by advancing research, knowledge and education on the importance of critical minerals and their impact on our daily lives.”
The CMA USA, much like its sister associations, CMA Australia, and CMA UK, and partner association the Canadian Critical Minerals & Materials Alliance (C2M2A), will operate independently focusing specifically on the needs of its USA members, and the needs of the nation. While benefitting from the international network of the CMA associations. The operation of the CMAs across like-minded jurisdictions creates multi-lateral opportunities for its members to be involved in alternative supply chains.
We are delighted to welcome Wil Reyes to the wider CMA team, who is an accomplished attorney with experience in mining and critical minerals.
Wilfredo A. Reyes (Wil)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Served as a legal clerk for the Hon. Judge Daniel Dominguez at the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Later joined the Department of Economic Development and commerce as an Assistant Secretary. Currently, Wil serves as Principal of RMiller Consulting Global Advisors LLC and, General Counsel and Managing Partner of Verimetallum LLC.
Founder & Executive Director
Jeff is an experienced public affairs and campaign strategist with experience working in the highest levels of business and politics. He brings skills in lobbying, public and government affairs, campaign strategy development, and communications. He is well connected with political arenas in the UK, EU, Middle East and Africa. From a mining background, he knows the importance of the mining sector and is passionate about creating alternative critical minerals supply chains.
Olimpia is a geologist by training with a strong understanding of the upstream critical minerals sector. Olimpia coordinated and authored CMA's flagship reports on responsible sourcing which influenced the UK's very first Critical Minerals Strategy. Olimpia actively champions critical minerals and unites industry and like-minded governments to drive greater integration.
Learn more about CMA USA
Web | www.criticalusa.org
LinkedIn | Critical Minerals Association USA
Twitter | @Critical_USA